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Champion Button: What the papers say

Jenson Button
Newly crowned world champion Button basks in the glow of the media

The sensational crowning of Britain's Jenson Button as Formula 1 world champion in Brazil inevitably dominated Monday's back pages.

The 29-year-old produced a superb drive to finish fifth at Interlagos and seal his maiden title with one race still to go in the F1 season.

Button's Brawn GP team also became the first outfit to win the constructor's championship in their debut season.

BBC Sport takes a look at the newspaper reaction to Button's triumph.


"Button delivered the panache, the aggression and the character to take the world crown at Interlagos where Lewis Hamilton had won it 12 months previously in such dramatic style.

"It happened long before Hamilton's last-corner victory and that allowed Button to sing Queen's 'We Are The Champions' as he crossed the line, shouting the phrase again as his beaten title rival and Brawn team-mate Rubens Barrichello moved alongside to wave congratulations."


"Button said before the start, after a disastrous qualifying left him down in 14th place on the grid, that it would take a miracle to clinch the world championship here in Interlagos.

"But by the 60th of the 71 laps of the Brazilian Grand Prix, the miracle had happened.

"After a feisty drive that laid to rest some of the recent criticism of his ultimate commitment, Button became Britain's 10th world champion, as his Brawn team pulled off a unique first-ever success in the constructors' championship in their first season of racing."


"Button produced the performance that will define his life. Not only did he become the Formula One world champion here yesterday, but proved for posterity that he possesses the heart, spirit and soul of a racing man.

"In a few minutes, he tore his way through the field, pushing and probing his car into spaces it simply had no right to be in.

"It gave him fifth place in the Brazilian Grand Prix, but it was no ordinary fifth place."


"Over 10 years in Formula One, Button has faced regular criticism from those who said he was a mere playboy who lacked the stomach for a fight in the toughest series that motor racing offers.


"But yesterday, around the classic track at Interlagos, he silenced his critics once and for all.

"After the race, an ecstatic Button climbed out of his car and began what can only be described as a victorious rampage around the paddock, celebrating with his mechanics, his race engineers, his father, John, his manager and his childhood friends from Somerset, who were there to see his moment of triumph."


"Given the testing circumstances, Button's drive was the equal of the very best of the six victories he collected in the first half of the see-sawing season.

"After a catastrophic qualifying session he took his fate into his own hands and drove with controlled aggression.

"When the slightest mistake would have meant disaster, he executed a series of overtaking manoeuvres with measured authority."


"What a turn of events for a man who didn't even know whether he would have a car to drive when Honda pulled out of F1 last December.

"A man who took a £5m salary cut so that Brawn GP could just get out of the blocks.

"In the end, though, money is immaterial. No riches could buy the line that will appear in record books for ever: Jenson Button, world champion 2009.

"It was the day when all the long struggles that have beset Button down the years were made worthwhile - when the man mocked for a playboy image emerged as a racer of courage and distinction."


"Button last night dedicated his world championship victory to girlfriend Jessica Michibata.

"The Formula 1 ace had banned the lingerie model from going to Brazil with him so he could concentrate on snatching the title.

"But after his triumph, he declared: "I want to thank my family and Jessica. I love you, this is for you." Last night Button, 29, was expected to snub a victory party to be reunited with Jessica."


"Although he later revealed that he had been racked by anxiety, Button appeared outwardly calm on the grid where he was met by a chorus of boos from the assembled Paulistas who had turned up in their droves to cheer on Barrichello.

"Chants of "Rubinho, Rubinho" rained down upon Button, but our man responded coolly with a grin and a wave. In fact Button was inspired from the word go.

"It will be fascinating to see where he goes from here. Who knows? Perhaps multiple world titles beckon? In this sort of form, with a car to match, he can rule the world."

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Brilliant Button clinches title
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Button savours dream world title
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Brazilian Grand Prix as it happened
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Brawn win title in debut F1 year
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Brazilian Grand Prix photos
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Brazil Grand Prix race results
18 Oct 09 |  Results

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